So, after a lot of stress from various home quarters we are here. It’s… impressive.
I’ve never been to Butlins or Centre Parcs, but honestly? I cannot see how it could be better.
Check in was at 4pm, but from 1pm you can have access to the water parks! Also, as everything is indoor, it’s warm and non weather-dependent.
Cue two ecstatic small children.
We basically splashed, slid, swam, and played for two hours whilst our room was gotten ready.
#1 Son went down massive water slides – a major improvement on last summer; and TT is, basically, a fish.
So far we have only explored half of the area, but even in the small swimming area there’s several flumes, slides and a current area for rubber rings (provided) and swimming.
#1 Son went round that by himself. Obviously the hus-creature stayed in the general vicinity, but he didn’t need us, which is fantastic.
Basically we split into two teams – one parent with one child, and TT is basically my shadow whenever she is unsure of her surroundings
And, amazingly, TT wanted a go. So around and around we went, occasionally switching children, because my god is it tiring even with TT in a floatie.
As for the room itself? We are in the classification known as Wolf Den which is standard for a family of 4.
The kids have a little enclosed nook with a bunk bed,
Yes there was a power struggle for the top bunk, no we didn’t allow TT to win it!
And their own little tv – which we have tuned in to Cartoon Network and have declared it done. But honestly? I don’t anticipate us using it much. There’s just so much to do here.
We’ve paid for two premium packages:
- Wolf Pass – for #1 Son. It’s impressive and he gets a significant amount of extras thrown in:
- Unlimited rock climbing
- One game of mini golf
- One game of bowling
- One Harry Potteresque game that he and I will do together – he gets a wand and there’s loads of interactive stations all around the resort (I’ve already seen teenagers playing it 🙀)
- Pup Pass for TT – her only “extra” that her brother doesn’t get is one Build A Bear stuffed toy.
So what did she choose? Out of all of the options available to her?
Yup, not any of the bears, nor even the rainbow sloth? Nope. A shark. A bloody shark 🤣😂🤣😂
She even named it:
Yes, she’s a girl shark, called Misty. Yep, I have not one, but two Pokémon obsessed children 🤣😂
Some of the things that they both have access to include:
- A free 12oz candy cup – which we paid an extra $2 each to upgrade to a 16oz – #1 Son appears not to like jelly beans though 😖🙄
- A free scoop of ice cream, which we’ve yet to cash in on.
- 20 free “paw points” to spend in the arcade.
- A pair of GWL branded goggles each, which we will claim tomorrow.
And for anyone wondering why we upgraded the candy:
It’s been an amazing day, with 4 more to go!
Both kids are exhausted, and so are we to be honest 🤣😂
However, the room sharing has not gone as well as hoped, though no worse than feared, so the plan tomorrow is simply to wear them out as much as possible.
And I admit, both the hus-creature and myself are already in our pjs. For once we ate dinner at the same time as the kids, and we are settled in for the night. I will be astounded if we are both awake beyond 10pm.
We have paid to include food, breakfast is a separate deal, and booze is available.
Sadly our room is right next to the main play area – the rock climbing, mini golf etc so the noise level is high, but it’s closed by 22:30 and it does appear to be tailing off already.
And as a just because: